ST AUSTELL BREWERY
Review by Rob
ST AUSTELL SAY…
A powerfully authentic IPA, Proper Job is brewed with a blend of imported American hops. It is a real treat of a beer with a growing reputation and loved by beer enthusiasts far and wide.
Perhaps the forerunner of all modern IPAs in the UK, Proper Job regularly wins awards, both from within the brewing industry and also at CAMRA Beer Festivals. The awards include the prestigious Champion Bottle Beer at CBoB and Champion Premium Best Bitter at the SIBA National Beer Festival.
An award winning modern IPA, packed full of citrus pineapple, grapefruit resinous flavours with a fine crisp bitter finish.
Proper Black. Controversial? A contradiction in terms? Is there such a thing as a black India Pale Ale? Black as stout, close your eyes and taste and this beer is classic IPA. Powerful hops dominate the restrained chocolate and coffee notes from carefully selected roasted malt.
Storage notes keep cool (not chilled) and leave the sediment in the bottle when pouring.
This almost is a contradiction of an black IPA, while it does indeed taste like an IPA, it does have the usual distinctive chocolate and coffee hints found with a British stout.
I feel like St. Austell purposely ramped up the alcohol to 6% just to get the even keel of a black IPA. By no imagination is this a session beer, but you’ll get brownie points bringing this offering to your beer club, it has a distinctive character that many beers lack, a left field offering that will get you duels noted for something unusual and decent, go out and find. Recommended.